Sharks: ‘No picnic in Kimberley’

2010-07-07 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — The Sharks will be thoroughly tested in their first Currie Cup game of the year against Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday.

Griquas’ depth has not been eroded by injuries yet and it’s largely the same team that played in the Voda€ com Cup that will be competing for the Currie Cup.

Sharks assistant coach Grant Bashford admitted that it will not be a picnic in Kimberley.

“The smaller unions are usually much stronger at the beginning of the Currie Cup because they have played together for some time and carry that momentum into the competition,” Bashford told the Sharks’ website.

“Teams like us, the Blue Bulls and Western Province lose a number of Springboks and we’re in a rebuilding phase at the start of the competition. It’s a big challenge to be as organised as possible from the first game.”

The Sharks had a training session of an hour against the under-21 side last week, which offered a sterner test than their 80-3 win over the Valke.

Locks Steven Sykes and Alistair Hargreaves will again be paired against Griquas, while Steve Meyer and Monty Dumond are competing for the flyhalf spot.

Possible Sharks team:

Patrick Lambie, Lwazi Mvovu, Stefan Terblanche (capt.), Riaan Swanepoel, Louis Ludik, Steve Meyer, Rory Kockott, Keegan Daniel, Michael Rhodes, Jacques­ Botes, Alistair Hargreaves, Steven Sykes, Wiehahn Herbst, Craig Burden, Patric Cilliers.

 

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